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Immersion Block (Choose 1)

Business Simulation at SRH

Contact Hours: 100
ECTS Credits:  4

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Doing Business in Europe at SRH

Contact Hours: 150
ECTS Credits:  6

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to: • compare European markets and business environments with other international landscapes • examine some of the key industries – and institutions governing those industries – in Europe • identify market opportunities in Europe • develop basic elements of a business plan for market entry in Europe.

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Introduction to Business Ethics at SRH

Contact Hours: 150
ECTS Credits:  6

This course is an introduction to ‘Business Ethics’ – the moral principles or values that generally govern the conduct of an individual or group which determines an employee or company’s every day conduct.

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Entrepreneurship at SRH

Contact Hours: 100
ECTS Credits:  4

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European Society and Culture at SRH

Contact Hours: 180
ECTS Credits:  8

Throughout the scope of this course, students will:

  • Understand the European Union, including its history, geography, component parts, organization, and legislation
  • Understand Europe as a supranational structure guaranteed by treaty
  • Understand the development of the welfare state in Europe
  • Understand the gender dimension as well as human rights
  • Understand the reasons for uniting Europe, analysis of the results
  • Understand migration and ethnisation: theory and social processes
  • Understand the basics of European communication and cooperation
  • Understand the European Business, Economics, and Politics
  • Explore the nature and definition of “culture,” understanding the impact of language, culture, and values on working relationships
  • Be able to contribute to European business practice
  • Appreciate diverse landscape of various social values and norms, cultural traditions, historical factors, and fluctuating economies within the EU
  • Be familiar with the basic tools for approaching business and life within Europe, with a special focus on Germany.

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Intensive German Language

Course Code: GERM 1312, 2311, 2312
US Credits:  3

Course will take place at the International House Collegium Palatinum. Students enrolling in a non-beginner level will be enrolled in the level based on a placement test.

Selected Topics in World History: Nazi Germany

Course Code: HIST 4350
US Credits:  3

This course is meant to introduce students to the darkest chapter of German history. The land of Luther, Bach and Goethe is also the land of Hitler and the Holocaust. After unification by Prussia, Germany played a pivotal role in the European balance of power, yet for a long time did not find a satisfactory identity. The aftermath of World War I, long-standing anti-Semitism, and social tensions helped pave the way for Hitler’s rise to power and unleash another world war, including genocide.

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ESC Block (Choose 4)

Art History: Ancient through Medieval Art: Caves to Cathedrals

Course Code: ARTH 2361
US Credits:  3

The course will survey the art and architecture from the Ancient world to the Middle Ages, including the art of the Near East, Egypt, the Classical Greek and Roman worlds, and Medieval Europe, from about 3500 BC to about 1400 AD. It will reflect the great variety and richness of the arts of these different cultures, and some of the general problems of how art historians understand and write about art. Examples of art reviewed include works of sculpture, architecture, wall and vase painting, mosaic, manuscript illumination, and other media in their physical, historical and social contexts.

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Principles of Accounting I – Financial Accounting

Course Code: ACCT 2311
US Credits:  3

This course is an introduction to financial accounting within the framework of business and business decisions. The role and use of accounting information by external decision makers will be emphasized. The course provides an in-depth analysis of financial statements and annual reports of publicly traded companies.

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Principles of Accounting II – Managerial Accounting

Course Code: ACCT 2312
US Credits:  3

The role of management accounting continues to undergo major changes. Management accountants are no longer only scorekeepers of past performance. They have become value-adding members of management teams, creating information vital for enhancing operational excellence, and for formulating and implementing new strategies. A significant development in this new role is a great increase in the importance of and use of nonfinancial measures of performance.

In this class, we will focus on how managers can use accounting information to assist them in making decisions and how accounting information can be used to control the actions of other members of the firm. This orientation contrasts with financial accounting where the focus is on accounting disclosures for parties external to the firm. The course will cover the vocabulary and mechanics of cost accounting, basic issues involved in the design of a cost accounting system, and the role of management accounting in decisions concerning resource allocation and performance evaluation.

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Corporate Finance

Course Code: BDIN 3321
US Credits:  3

This course is an in-depth examination of corporate finance and capital budgeting. Capital budgeting is the process of developing a firm’s investment policy by selecting among alternative opportunities. Thus, one purpose of this course is to provide students with tools and to familiarize them with concepts that can be used to analyze investment decisions within a firm. A second goal is the examination of issues related to capital structure, the mix of debt and equity used to finance the firm’s investments.

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International Marketing

Course Code: BINT 3361
US Credits:  3

International Marketing is designed as an upper-level course to acquaint students with the magnitude of the global marketplace. The focus is on the strategic concepts of global marketing and the influence of environmental forces on marketing activities and global market potential. The course will also explore the impact of the digital revolution on global marketing. Prerequisites: BINT 3331 and BMKT 3331

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Organizational Behavior & Leadership

Course Code: BMGT 4355
US Credits:  3

Students will learn to understand how individual behavior and group dynamics affect and are affected by organizational settings. Topics such as Motivation, leadership, teamwork, and communication are being addressed. The course provides insights into the study of organizations as social systems; the dynamics of change in organizations, industries and markets; and the relationships between organizations and their environments.

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World Literature Studies

Course Code: ENGL 2310
US Credits:  3

Part of the UIW Core Curriculum, this course includes close reading and discussion of texts of all kinds from a wide range of periods and societies to reveal the diversity of literature as a means of cultural statement. This course is designed as a directed exploration of worldwide literary genres and techniques of close study that emphasizes the development of critical reading skills and methodologies of literary analysis, i.e. of what can be said well about a work of art. Close readings of the assigned literary works will help develop our appreciation of literature as finely crafted, multidimensional art. In addition, such readings allow us to examine the connections between literature and culture. In examining these connections, we explore the role of art and the artist in social justice, an important aspect of study at our university.

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Elementary German I

Course Code: GERM 1311
US Credits:  3

This course introduces students to fundamentals of a foreign language, with emphasis on developing listening comprehension and speaking skills. It includes activities for developing abilities in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Three class hours. Individual laboratory. (Fall)

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German Language

Course Code: GERM 1312, 2311, 2312
US Credits:  3

This course introduces students to fundamentals of a foreign language, with emphasis on developing listening comprehension and speaking skills. It includes activities for developing abilities in speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

*Students enrolling in a non-beginner level will be enrolled in the level based on a placement test.

Exp. Learning in Europe / Topics in Comparative Politics / International Relations

Course Code: GOVT 3340
US Credits:  3

This course is designed to help students make the most of their study abroad experience in Germany. Numerous excursions have been built into this study abroad program and coursework consists of participating on these excursions, researching and presenting about places to be visited, and reflective writing.

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European Politics: Current Topics in the EU

Course Code: GOVT 3350
US Credits:  3

The dawn of the modern era has been dominated predominantly by developments centered on the European continent and its conflicting interests at home and abroad. However, as far as a general survey of the entire state-systems of Europe are concerned, it has never been easy in general to label any different groups of states according to their individual merits. For a continent betraying so much diversity in terms of histories, cultures, developmental peculiarities as well as traditional allegiances, any process of classification would need to consider a significant volume of literature and factors cutting across the width and breadth of all the social sciences.

This course will seek to investigate into the concept of Europeanness as a form of shared cultural identity and the underlying realities of perceptions and self-perceptions that may be accounted to validate our understandings of that notion.

Much emphasis will be placed on issues of the 20″“ Century that contributed essentially to the remodeling of the Europe found currently in the 21“ Century. As in the case of any course or undertaking of this kind, the main focus of the individual class agenda will be driven to highlight the comparative and transitional factors of European politics, institutional developments, processes of government and their impact on general international and economic relations in conjunction with their overall implications for the contemporary global social fabric at large.

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A Refugee Crisis: A Multi-Disciplinary Policy Perspective on European Refugee Crisis

Course Code: HIST 4399
US Credits:  3

This course examines important contemporary and controversial issues facing the various actors in the European Refugee Crisis, with a focus on searching for outcomes with appropriate resolutions. Various topics are explored both through readings and as part of field experiences. The course uses an interdisciplinary lens to examine the challenges that arise from the large-scale human migration and asylum processes. Students will engage with classic as well as contemporary pieces in various subjects, and reflect on their own past and present experiences in service within individuals, families, neighborhoods, communities, schools, and other systems. Seminar assignments are designed to help students develop a foundation and create a plan for themselves to engage in meaningful and impactful service-learning work throughout their college careers and beyond.

This course requires volunteer work, which will take place in the ESC block.

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Culturology and Cross-Cultural Communication: Leadership across Cultures

Course Code: SOCI 3332
US Credits:  3

This course is concerned with the general issues of cultural sensitivity and diversity awareness. From an academic point of view, the following brief introduction to the subject can be offered: Individuals, groups and associations in society interact with one another from an ever widening variety of cultural, linguistic, and ethnic backgrounds. There is therefore a permanent and growing need for cultural competency awareness and training. Some traditional development models that address diversity emphasize the importance of learning culturally specific information, such as behavioral and communication patterns, traditions, values and value-systems, as well as religious practices, symbols, and rituals. Meanwhile, Culturology – or the scientific approach to the study of culture, has spawned a variety of new fields of research in the social sciences.

In fact, while all the above attributes may be seen as relevant, being knowledgeable about specific cultures and groups may not make it necessarily easier to respect and appreciate differences and to interact effectively with persons from other cultures. Developing cultural sensitivity and diversity awareness is extremely complex and an ongoing process. This is because culture can include how human beings live, how they relate in a standard way to their own worlds, their expectations, assumptions, particular preferences, child-rearing practices, attitudes about time or money, definitions of achievement, concepts of beauty, art, music and food, to name only a few. Nonetheless, culture – at the same time, is only one element which defines individual personalities.

The course will emphasize the processes required to understand how specific factors may influence the perceptions and attitudes of different cultures toward one another. In the broader context, there are some standard propositions bearing on notions of international political culturology as a subfield of international relations. These are concerned with efforts aimed at understanding the global cultural system, as well as its numerous subsystems. The aim of this course is to explain how cultural variables interact with politics, economics, business and workplace dynamics as influential factors in world affairs.

The importance of cultural studies flows from the realization that every society is composed of several community areas. People in one area may have common ties of culture, race, language, religion or traditions which make them essentially different from those in other areas. It is the basic function of the institutional structures of all societies to retain the loyalty of all communities and citizens. A key prerequisite to the retention of loyalty is associated with the presence of norms of equality and fairness which are also major determinants of individual prosperity, peace and stability.

The propositions underlying the course will enable students to identify the specific modes of inter-cultural communication which may ultimately function as catalysts to the promotion – or obstruction – of understanding between culturally diverse individuals or social groups.

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Immersion Block (Choose 1)

Current Topics of International Business II

Contact Hours: 200
ECTS Credits:  8

Having completed Current Topics in Business student’s knowledge of business tools will be expanded and enhance their capability of implementing them to a number of topics / challenges that apply to the current international business environment. Students will be able to analyze the arguments or major conflicts surrounding an issue, including current affairs relating to the subject, and will be enabled to apply their knowledge and research to real problems and to communicate their conclusions in a professional environment.

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Human Resource Management at SRH

Contact Hours: 150
ECTS Credits:  6

After this course, students will:

  • Understand behavioral patters as a basic principle of intervention.
  • Become familiar with organizational structure and the tools for its implementation.
  • Understand the various roles of HR work within a company.
  • Recognize appropriate situations for applying HR tools (by way of examples)

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Introduction to Accounting at SRH

Contact Hours: 150
ECTS Credits:  6

This course enables students to lead the books through a business year beginning with the opening balance sheet and ending by the annual financial statement. Furthermore the students will obtain a fundamental understanding of the rules and techniques of bookkeeping. This course is the prerequisite for the constitutive course “International Accounting”.

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International Accounting at SRH

Contact Hours: 150
ECTS Credits:  6

The module “International Accounting” provides an introduction to the framework, concepts and practices associated with international financial reporting standards. Students will obtain a fundamental understanding of accounting. The role and use of accounting information by external decision makers will be emphasized. Students will perform an in-depth analysis of financial statements, and annual reports. Furthermore, the differences between IFRS and national accounting systems (particularly HGB) will be emphasized.

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Marketing Management at SRH

Contact Hours: 200
ECTS Credits:  8

On completion of this program, bachelor students will have a deeper and more solid understanding of the selected marketing principles covered in the course, will have developed an insight into the concept of innovation and innovation management (particularly with respect to new product development and launch), and will appreciate the ways that the internet has transformed marketing and business.

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Sales

Contact Hours: 150
ECTS Credits:  6

Upon successful completion of the course, students should have a basic understanding of the structure and functioning of the Market, and understand factors affecting both production companies, of investment and consumer goods, as well as commercial enterprises. The student will understand the underlying distribution systems and the central instruments of sales management and can identify the corresponding structures in practice.

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Intensive German Language

Course Code: GERM 1312, 2311, 2312
US Credits:  3

Course will take place at the International House Collegium Palatinum. Students enrolling in a non-beginner level will be enrolled in the level based on a placement test.

Contemporary German History in a European Context

Course Code: HIST 3340
US Credits:  3

This course studies the political, economic, and religious expansion of Europe from the 15th century to the present;the rise of the modern state system and the rise of modern society and economics during the 17th and 18th centuries; the impact of the French Revolution, nationalism, and mass politics in the last two centuries; the rise and fall of Totalitarianism in Bolshevik Russia, Fascist Italy, and Nazi Germany; the intellectual and artistic movements of the 19th and 20th centuries; the present conditions of Europe and its drive toward a unified Continent.

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ESC Block (Choose 4)

Exp. Learning in Europe / Topics in Comparative Politics / International Relations

Course Code: GOVT/BINT 3340
US Credits:  3

This course is designed to help students make the most of their study abroad experience in Germany. Numerous excursions have been built into this study abroad program and coursework consists of participating on these excursions, researching and presenting about places to be visited, and reflective writing.

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Art History: Renaissance to Modern

Course Code: ARTH 2362
US Credits:  3

The course will survey the Western art and architecture from the early Renaissance to the Twentieth Century. It considers the formal, intellectual and spiritual values within Western art during the last seven centuries. A special focus – to make use of the particular advantages of the Study Abroad semester – is placed on local examples, be it classical works of art exhibited in Heidelberg, Mannheim or Worms museum collections or in German museums of global importance visited during the semester excursions, such as the museums in Berlin or Frankfurt, or by visits to local or regional landmarks like the baroque palaces of Schwetzingen and Mannheim, or the exhibits of the Kurpfälzisches Museum.

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Finance – Capital Budgeting

Course Code: TBD
US Credits:  3

Course code and syllabus to follow.

International Marketing Management

Course Code: BMKT 4390
US Credits:  3

The aim of this course is to develop strategies in planning marketing in an international perspective. This will be done through reading, class discussions, case studies and the development of a marketing plan.

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World Literature

Course Code: ENGL 2310
US Credits:  3

Part of the UIW Core Curriculum, this course includes close reading and discussion of texts of all kinds from a wide range of periods and societies to reveal the diversity of literature as a means of cultural statement. This course is designed as a directed exploration of worldwide literary genres and techniques of close study that emphasizes the development of critical reading skills and methodologies of literary analysis, i.e. of what can be said well about a work of art. Close readings of the assigned literary works will help develop our appreciation of literature as finely crafted, multidimensional art. In addition, such readings allow us to examine the connections between literature and culture. In examining these connections, we explore the role of art and the artist in social justice, an important aspect of study at our university.

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German Language

Course Code: GERM 1311, 1312, 2311, 2312
US Credits:  3

This course introduces students to fundamentals of a foreign language, with emphasis on developing listening comprehension and speaking skills. It includes activities for developing abilities in speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

*Students enrolling in a non-beginner level will be enrolled in the level based on a placement test.

View Syllabus

Current Topics in the EU

Course Code: GOVT 3350
US Credits:  3

The dawn of the modern era has been dominated predominantly by developments centered on the European continent and its conflicting interests at home and abroad. However, as far as a general survey of the entire state-systems of Europe are concerned, it has never been easy in general to label any different groups of states according to their individual merits. For a continent betraying so much diversity in terms of histories, cultures, developmental peculiarities as well as traditional allegiances, any process of classification would need to consider a significant volume of literature and factors cutting across the width and breadth of all the social sciences.

This course will seek to investigate into the concept of Europeanness as a form of shared cultural identity and the underlying realities of perceptions and self-perceptions that may be accounted to validate our understandings of that notion.

Much emphasis will be placed on issues of the 20″“ Century that contributed essentially to the remodeling of the Europe found currently in the 21“ Century. As in the case of any course or undertaking of this kind, the main focus of the individual class agenda will be driven to highlight the comparative and transitional factors of European politics, institutional developments, processes of government and their impact on general international and economic relations in conjunction with their overall implications for the contemporary global social fabric at large.

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Psychology of Power, Oppression, and Privilege (including community engaged learning experience)

Course Code: PSYC 3399
US Credits:  3

Psychology of Power, Oppression, and Privilege is designed to be a specialized course for the Social Specialization within the Psychology major. This course provides an in-depth coverage of psychology topics,including stereotyping, prejudice and privilege, discrimination and advantage, intergroup relations, attributions, social influence, personal self-esteem and collective self-esteem. In addition, this course provides further opportunities for students to develop their writing, speaking, and presentation skills.

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World Philosophy

Course Code: PHIL 3355
US Credits:  3

This course deals with philosophy in a global context. It presents the world’s view of philosophy from ancient to contemporary times and emphasizes the contributions of thinkers chosen from a broad range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Emphasis will be placed on the wide diversity and historical backgrounds of various philosophical traditions. The course also offers an introduction to some of the basic origins which enable us to appreciate the value-systems of the five major living religious cultures of the world: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

The course will not engage in any deep examination of the history of each religious tradition. However, the primary focus will be phenomenological, in other words, the lived experience of each tradition as it grapples with such matters as the nature of God and creation, the origin of evil, human responsibility, morality, and social issues of society. This does not imply that the analytical concerns will constitute a course in theology, which is the detailed study of specific religious doctrines or dogma. The two frequently tend to deal with similar issues, however, from quite different perspectives.

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Social Psychology

Course Code: PSYC/SOCI 3351
US Credits:  3

This course studies individual behavior and attitudes as influenced by other individuals and groups, and considers issues such as conformity, attitude formation and change, attraction, aggression, prejudice, and altruism. Cross referenced with SOCI 3351. Prerequisites: PSYC 1301 or SOCI 1311.

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Culturology and Cross Cultural Communication

Course Code: SOCI 3332
US Credits:  3

This course is concerned with the general issues of cultural sensitivity and diversity awareness. From an academic point of view, the following brief introduction to the subject can be offered: Individuals, groups and associations in society interact with one another from an ever widening variety of cultural, linguistic, and ethnic backgrounds. There is therefore a permanent and growing need for cultural competency awareness and training. Some traditional development models that address diversity emphasize the importance of learning culturally specific information, such as behavioral and communication patterns, traditions, values and value-systems, as well as religious practices, symbols, and rituals. Meanwhile, Culturology – or the scientific approach to the study of culture, has spawned a variety of new fields of research in the social sciences.

In fact, while all the above attributes may be seen as relevant, being knowledgeable about specific cultures and groups may not make it necessarily easier to respect and appreciate differences and to interact effectively with persons from other cultures. Developing cultural sensitivity and diversity awareness is extremely complex and an ongoing process. This is because culture can include how human beings live, how they relate in a standard way to their own worlds, their expectations, assumptions, particular preferences, child-rearing practices, attitudes about time or money, definitions of achievement, concepts of beauty, art, music and food, to name only a few. Nonetheless, culture – at the same time, is only one element which defines individual personalities.

The course will emphasize the processes required to understand how specific factors may influence the perceptions and attitudes of different cultures toward one another. In the broader context, there are some standard propositions bearing on notions of international political culturology as a subfield of international relations. These are concerned with efforts aimed at understanding the global cultural system, as well as its numerous subsystems. The aim of this course is to explain how cultural variables interact with politics, economics, business and workplace dynamics as influential factors in world affairs.

The importance of cultural studies flows from the realization that every society is composed of several community areas. People in one area may have common ties of culture, race, language, religion or traditions which make them essentially different from those in other areas. It is the basic function of the institutional structures of all societies to retain the loyalty of all communities and citizens. A key prerequisite to the retention of loyalty is associated with the presence of norms of equality and fairness which are also major determinants of individual prosperity, peace and stability.

The propositions underlying the course will enable students to identify the specific modes of inter-cultural communication which may ultimately function as catalysts to the promotion – or obstruction – of understanding between culturally diverse individuals or social groups.

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Principles of Financial Management

Course Code: BFIN 3321
US Credits:  3

Course syllabus to follow.

Principles of Marketing

Course Code: BMKT 3331
US Credits:  3

Introductory marketing course providing comprehensive coverage of marketing concepts and strategies. Product, distribution, promotion, and pricing strategies are emphasized. A managerial approach is used which focuses on the practices, problems, and decisions of the marketing manager.

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Cultural Violence, the Arts, and Global Health

Course Code: CLST 4399
US Credits:  3

Seeing health as our own responsibility feels normal: If we eat right, we will not get sick. If we exercise, we will stay healthy. But this is only a small part of the picture. Societies create, sustain, and destroy a person’s physiological and mental wellbeing, often simultaneously. The underlying power structures that determine health are less apparent than a virus. We will discuss why it is important to challenge the everyday practices that often seem trivial. The first sessions will serve to create a shared toolbox. This will help us to identify cultures of violence and to situate them within their historical, political, and socio-economic context. Students will present works of art that help us perceive and analyze cultural violence, including its causes, impacts, and remedies. Examples can come from all around the globe and from different times.

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European Politics

Course Code: GOVT 3350
US Credits:  3

The dawn of the modern era has been dominated predominantly by developments centered on the European continent and its conflicting interests at home and abroad. However, as far as a general survey of the entire state-systems of Europe are concerned, it has never been easy in general to label any different groups of states according to their individual merits. For a continent betraying so much diversity in terms of histories, cultures, developmental peculiarities as well as traditional allegiances, any process of classification would need to consider a significant volume of literature and factors cutting across the width and breadth of all the social sciences.

This course will seek to investigate into the concept of Europeanness as a form of shared cultural identity and the underlying realities of perceptions and self-perceptions that may be accounted to validate our understandings of that notion.

Much emphasis will be placed on issues of the 20″“ Century that contributed essentially to the remodeling of the Europe found currently in the 21“ Century. As in the case of any course or undertaking of this kind, the main focus of the individual class agenda will be driven to highlight the comparative and transitional factors of European politics, institutional developments, processes of government and their impact on general international and economic relations in conjunction with their overall implications for the contemporary global social fabric at large.

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Elementary German Language I

Course Code: GERM 1311
US Credits:  3

This course introduces students to fundamentals of a foreign language, with emphasis on developing listening comprehension and speaking skills. It includes activities for developing abilities in speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

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Doing Business in Germany

Course Code: BINT 4399
US Credits:  3

This is a special topics course conducted at the European Study Center in Heidelberg, Germany and consists of a number of classes and topic related excursions. Students will explore the various aspects of doing business in Germany as they relate to management.

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Organizational Communication: Purpose, Engagement, and Change

Course Code: COMM 4299/6399
US Credits:  3

This is a special topics course conducted at the European Study Center in Heidelberg, Germany and consists of a number of classes and topic related excursions. Students will explore the various aspects of doing business in Germany as they relate to management.

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Art of Story: Crafting Competent and Confident Communication

Course Code: COMM 4299/6399
US Credits:  3

The Art of Story is an exploration of what has been the essence of communication for millennia: story. In this course, we will learn and develop practices that empower others through the art of story by crafting competent and confident communication. We will pursue these objectives through readings, screenings, active listening, class discussion, critical note taking, written assignments, public oration, group collaboration, and various cultural experiences and travel excursions.

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International Marketing

Course Code: BINT 3361
US Credits:  3

International Marketing is designed as an upper-level course to acquaint students with the magnitude of the global marketplace. The focus is on the strategic concepts of global marketing and the influence of environmental forces on marketing activities and global market potential. The course will also explore the impact of the digital revolution on global marketing.

Prerequisites: BINT 3331 and BMKT 3331

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Modern Europe

Course Code: HIST 3340
US Credits:  3

This course studies the political, economic, and religious expansion of Europe from the 15th century to the present; the rise of the modern state system and the rise of modern society and economics during the 17th and 18th centuries; the impact of the French Revolution, nationalism, and mass politics in the last two centuries; the rise and fall of Totalitarianism in Bolshevik Russia, Fascist Italy, and Nazi Germany; the intellectual and artistic movements of the 19th and 20th centuries; the present conditions of Europe and its drive toward a unified Continent.

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Culturology and Cross-Cultural Communication

Course Code: SOCI 3332
US Credits:  3

This course is concerned with the general issues of cultural sensitivity and diversity awareness. From an academic point of view, the following brief introduction to the subject can be offered: Individuals, groups and associations in society interact with one another from an ever widening variety of cultural, linguistic, and ethnic backgrounds. There is therefore a permanent and growing need for cultural competency awareness and training. Some traditional development models that address diversity emphasize the importance of learning culturally specific information, such as behavioral and communication patterns, traditions, values and value-systems, as well as religious practices, symbols, and rituals. Meanwhile, Culturology – or the scientific approach to the study of culture, has spawned a variety of new fields of research in the social sciences.

In fact, while all the above attributes may be seen as relevant, being knowledgeable about specific cultures and groups may not make it necessarily easier to respect and appreciate differences and to interact effectively with persons from other cultures. Developing cultural sensitivity and diversity awareness is extremely complex and an ongoing process. This is because culture can include how human beings live, how they relate in a standard way to their own worlds, their expectations, assumptions, particular preferences, child-rearing practices, attitudes about time or money, definitions of achievement, concepts of beauty, art, music and food, to name only a few. Nonetheless, culture – at the same time, is only one element which defines individual personalities.

The course will emphasize the processes required to understand how specific factors may influence the perceptions and attitudes of different cultures toward one another. In the broader context, there are some standard propositions bearing on notions of international political culturology as a subfield of international relations. These are concerned with efforts aimed at understanding the global cultural system, as well as its numerous subsystems. The aim of this course is to explain how cultural variables interact with politics, economics, business and workplace dynamics as influential factors in world affairs.

The importance of cultural studies flows from the realization that every society is composed of several community areas. People in one area may have common ties of culture, race, language, religion or traditions which make them essentially different from those in other areas. It is the basic function of the institutional structures of all societies to retain the loyalty of all communities and citizens. A key prerequisite to the retention of loyalty is associated with the presence of norms of equality and fairness which are also major determinants of individual prosperity, peace and stability.

The propositions underlying the course will enable students to identify the specific modes of inter-cultural communication which may ultimately function as catalysts to the promotion – or obstruction – of understanding between culturally diverse individuals or social groups.

View Syllabus

Elementary German Language I

Course Code: GERM 1311
US Credits:  3

This course introduces students to fundamentals of a foreign language, with emphasis on developing listening comprehension and speaking skills. It includes activities for developing abilities in speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

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Special Topics Courses

Students may select two courses from the special topics courses or two courses from general courses at the European Study Center. Significant weekday travel is required for special topics courses in summer II and this will not allow for students to be enrolled in one course from each group.

Cultural Influences on Therapeutic Rehabilitation

Course Code: ATHP 3399
US Credits:  3

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to interact and perform (a) an intervention that includes the use of therapeutic rehabilitation concepts in the treatment and care of athletic injuries and orthopedic conditions; (b) a screening to examine patients for indications, contraindications, and precautions for therapeutic exercise techniques ; (c) discussion and education with the patient; (d) an assessment to examine for impact of intervention; and (e) administrative risk assessment of therapeutic rehabilitation tools and equipment used in a facility; (f) synthesis of cultural influences on therapeutic rehabilitation techniques and philosophies. Topics of this course include the discussion of indications and contraindications of therapeutic exercise, the appropriate application and procedure(s), use of evidence based protocols, evaluation of intervention, and safe patient practice skills with a comparison of techniques used in other cultures. This three credit hour course uses lecture, discussion, demonstration, case study presentation, and current innovative technology along with course readings to prepare the student to master course content. Students will be assessed through written examination(s) and coursework. Successful completion of the course provides the student with fundamental knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to advance in their major.

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